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FOLLOW THE BOUNCING BALL. The Western's men's soccer team got
bounced for the first time this season losing 2-1 to Waterloo.
By Pat Kane
The Western men's soccer club came out with a "yay-nay" result over the past weekend after splitting two matches in the Waterloo area.
Western, currently ranked eighth, robbed division rivals Laurier of a 2-0 win in the first of their two game set. The Mustangs later fell to Waterloo 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.
The weekend split gave Western a reason to believe they can still compete with the best in the country, even after losing some key players in the past few seasons.
Western head coach Rock Basacco was pleased with the win against Laurier, but said his team's real test was showing up for the game against Waterloo.
"Waterloo was great and nobody should underestimate them. They're going to be a huge hurdle for us to get past in the next few weeks. I think we were a bit flat coming in to that game and most of my guys were pretty drained considering we had played one of the best teams in the country the day before. We need to be ready for everyone," Basacco said.
With such a tight division this season, it seems any squad can advance to the playoffs. A total of ten measly games make up the regular season, which makes every game crucial for all clubs.
Waterloo skipper Barry MacLean felt his team's win came at a time when the Mustangs were flat-footed.
"I am very happy with our win and a great deal of praise has to go to Western who were just coming off of an emotional high. [Western] had some key starters on the bench who may have been nursing some bruises, but their younger guys stepped up and gave us a good run," MacLean said.
Waterloo improves to a perfect 4-0 and are currently in first place in the OUA West division, while the Mustangs and Laurier both hold at 3-1.
Western forward Dusko Cvetkovic is happy with his team's performance so far, but was disappointed Western fell short of securing first overall in the match against Waterloo.
"The game against Waterloo was just as big as the game against Laurier because we had the opportunity to take first in our division. It's disappointing in one respect, but then again, we were pretty drained and a lot of our starters were on the sidelines," he said.
"We have six games left and we hope to improve on our intensity and work ethic. Hopefully that will turn out to be an improvement in the standings," Cvetkovic added.
Although the Mustangs may need to work on intangibles, it appears they are technically sound and still have the ability to surprise even themselves.
Cvetkovic justified this by giving Laurier defender a little 'how's-she-going' and hammered a bicycle kick top drawer off a corner chance.
"It was one of the nicest strikes I've seen in university soccer," said Basacco.